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Oxford Castle & Prison explores the 1000-years of Oxford's History. Led by one of our costumed characters, the rich history of the castle with a prison at its heart will be revealed to you. Climb St. George's Tower and take in the stunning views...more
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46 Oxford Castle New Road | Oxford Castle Quarter, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
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All reviews guided tour period costume malmaison hotel great tour spiral staircase interesting visit interesting history worth a visit worth the climb couple of hours mound dolls tower character matilda rowland inmates
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We stayed at Mal Maison hotel in the grounds of the castle. Very central. It was the old prison converted into a Boutique style hotel. Really interesting with a lot of history. Hotel/dining/bar all top class. We had breakfast at a little French coffee shop...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Noreen B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Robin (no not hood) was a fantastic and enthusiastic host of this fantastic tour!!! Excellent knowledge and engaging to all!!! 5*!!! ....to make the most of this experience, I believe a reservation to the Malmaison for @least a drink in the brasserie is beneficial!!!!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank adamfrombournemouth
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hi Adam- we're so pleased that you enjoyed Robin's tour ('Robin and his band of Merry Tour Guides'?) We definitely agree that seeing the Malmaison part of the prison is worth it! Thank you so much for your review!

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Thank you Molly giving us a nice tour guiding today. Place is full of history and is absolutely worth of visiting. Tour guide gives as well their own nice story telling and makes the visit much more enjoyable!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Jouni V
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Jouni, we're so glad that you enjoyed Molly's tour so much- thank you for your lovely review!

Reviewed 5 days ago

prisoner Oliver really brought the story and characters to life. Highly recommended place to visit. Great that after the tour there is time to look around the exhibition at your own pace. Followed by opportunity to walk around the old castle mound - then lunch...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank grahamrobinson29
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Graham, it's so good to hear that Oliver gave such a good experience! Thank you so much for endorsing us!

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went here with a dear friend a few weeks ago and had a blast. Only a small part of the castle is left but its definitely the best bit!! Our tour guide Becca was spot on and regularly had everyone in a good old titter....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Woody A
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Woody, thank you so much for your review! We're so pleased that you enjoyed Becca's tour and that you had a good time exploring our site!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A place that someone defenatly should visit. Though it's not a spectacular tower, the history of it is really interesting. Our guide Alister, was amazing with a lot Of humor and he was willing to make everyone have a great time! I totally recommend!

Date of experience: March 2019
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RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Louiza, we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit! (Sadly our tower isn't quite as impressive to us as it was for the Saxons originally but we like to think our guides make up for any deficiency!) Thank you so much for your review!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even though my husband and I have been to Oxford many times, for some reason we never visited this castle before and we decided to go today and learnt a lot about it from “prisoner” Oliver, our tour guide. We booked the tour a day...More

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RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi! We're so pleased that you decided to visit us- and we're so happy that Oliver gave you such a good experience! (We hope that if you used Hall of Names to research your family history, you got a motto and coat of arms that...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

For the ticket price we were expecting to maybe get a talk and go up the tower, but we were given a full guided tour including crypt and stories about prisoners having stayed there. Our tour guide Robin was excellent and we'd reccomend this activity...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank AJKR1997
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi! Ah it's wonderful when we're able to best someones expectations- we're so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us! The stairs definitely are not a kind climb (so a video is provided for guests remaining at the base) but we hope the view...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a blast on the iwd tour with Molly- so many fascinating stories of women connected to the castle! Molly was so charismatic and her knowledge is immense ! Would 1000% recommend visiting!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Rosa T
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Rosa, thanks so much for reviewing! We're so pleased that you had a good time!

Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour guide had good knowledge of the subject and won our interest from the very beginning with his lively manner. Well done "Prisoner Smith"!!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Voyage47724
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi! Thanks so much for reviewing us- it's excellent to hear that your guide gave such a good experience!

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Sue W
March 14, 2019|
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Response from clari98 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a hotel and you can stay there but it’s not part of the tour.
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clarkrfamily
February 11, 2019|
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Response from 984sallyr | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, no idea but it may just ensure you get on the tour at a time preferable to you rather than take a chance
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MrsC1001
October 26, 2018|
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Response from OxfordCastlePrison | Property representative |
Hello there! If you want to visit us at a specific time, we would highly recommend booking in advance. Otherwise, if you're relaxed on which timed tour you go on, then we would say just turn up on the day and book that way... More
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